Period games often don’t do all that well from day one. That is only normal, considering they do not provide the full game experience from day one. In the VR world, it is hard to come by a worthwhile episodic game title these days. The Gallery: Call of the Starseed shows there is a viable way to create periodic VR games. Although it will not be to everyone’s liking, the game is a cinematic adventure unlike other offerings in the genre. It is available for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
The Gallery: Call of the Starseed is a Great Cinematic Game
As most people would expect from periodic content, the main focus is not necessarily on providing a major game environment. Instead, Cloudhead Games ensured they offer a cinematic environment which makes players yearn for more. The second episode of this “series” will launch later this month and goes by the name of Heart of the Emberstone. Considering there is nearly a full year between both games, it will be interesting to see how things play out for The Gallery series.
People who have watched fantasy films when the genre first become popular in the 1980s will immediately fall in love with Call of the Starseed. The game itself starts in a very similar matter. Your first objective is to meet up with your twin sister, although the road ahead is filled with some interesting creatures and objectives for you to complete. Finding out what this game is all about may not be something most VR enthusiasts are looking forward to, but it is certainly a pretty unique experience.
It is evident Call of the Starseed is an adventure and puzzle game first and foremost. It doesn’t throw any overly difficult puzzles your way, though, but it is an interactive way of moving the story along. They are all pretty immersive in their own way and provide a valuable addition to the overall experience. Moreover, the developers have come up with a large game world which allows the user to interact with a lot of different objects. Moreover, the locomotion occurs through blink teleportation, which has become somewhat of a standard solution for most adventure games in virtual reality these days.
Even though Call of the Starseed is pretty short – as is to be expected from an episodic title – the experience is quite fun overall. It is something we haven’t come across in any other VR game so far, which is a good sign. While we would like to see the developers put less time in between different titles for this “series”, there is probably a good reason why it took so long in the first place. Powerful cinematics combined with an engaging story and proper motion controls result in a very enjoyable game. Whether or not the sequel can improve upon this first game, remains to be seen.
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